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The Dream Dress by Janice Thompson

About the Book:Book - The Dream Dress
Author: Janice Thompson
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Weddings by Design – book 3
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary,  Christian
Rating: 4 out of 5

As her author bio says, pulling the hilarity out of situations is indeed Janice Thompson’s specialty. She writes with a unique flair all her own that has cumulated in a series of books centered on one event; weddings. This book tells the story of wedding dress designer extraordinaire, Gabi Delgado. Or at least the wanna-be designer who is instead working in the shadow of and under a tyrannical boss that is more than a little threatened by his “material girl” when, suddenly by a twist of unavoidable events she becomes the designer everyone wants – particularly when it takes one of his top clients away from him. Things go from bad to worse when the reporter – Jordan Singer – assigned to write a piece on Demetri’s designs and successes also takes an interest in Gabi’s work and decides to feature her along with Demetri.

What little girl hasn’t at some point dreamt of dressing up in a white gown and standing across from the man she loves? Probably all of us at some point and manifested in that dream is Thompson’s unique spin from all angles of weddings. That’s what I’ve liked most about this series – Janice covers each perspective. From the wedding planner to the bakery, the photography to the flowers, the designer to the bride, no angle is left out of the equation! Like many of the novels before it, Gabi’s world is conflicted by something personal and the trigger for her was the abandonment of her father. Her past affects her present and future, especially when it comes to easily trusting men and as a result, Gabi has allowed her boss to expect the unreasonable of her and often scurries to do his bidding… until she finds her voice and in that moment, we realize that Gabi’s transformation is more than just outward.

A sign of the author is also the strong female presence – we don’t just have a wide array of female characters (varying from different stages in life), the female mind is explored very realistically. I think this is Thompson’s most “girl power” novel to date. Its male lead gets little time on the pages, which means that instead of being heavy on the romance (which can be an advantage or disadvantage depending on the kind of reader you are), The Dream Dress is a kind of coming-of-age story done in a funny, comedic sort of way. The women aren’t just cookie-cutters; they read as genuine, realistic characters. Fans of Janice Thompson are going to really enjoy this next-to-last installment – there’s more with Bella Neeley and her crazy gang, we catch up with Hannah, Scarlet and of course, get to know Gabi, the girl whom we may have underestimated. Hilarity, classic movies and a dream wedding gown is just the beginning The Dream Dress is another sweetheart of a book – with Janice Thompson’s signature flair written all over it.

Synopsis: A seamstress at a swanky bridal boutique, Gabi Delgado dreams of doing more than ripping out seams and fitting dresses to doe-eyed brides. She wants to see her own dress designs gracing the young women of Texas. When Jordan Spencer, the editor of Texas Bride magazine visits the shop to do a feature, Gabi is devastated to lose her job in his very influential presence. Convinced she’ll never get her dreams off the ground now, Gabi needs lots of encouragement–especially from her friend Bella Neeley–to take a chance and start her business. And as she gets to know Jordan, she discovers that she may have to take a chance on love as well. Could it be that she’ll have to design her own wedding dress soon? – Goodreads

Book - A Bouquet of LoveComing Next from Janice Thompson: Cassia Pappas has found herself in a nearly impossible situation. She wants to spend her time immersed in her new job at a Galveston Island floral shop, arranging blooms and brightening occasions with her lovely creations. But her huge Greek family–especially her father–has other ideas. They’ve all relocated to Galveston to open up a new family restaurant location on the Strand– directly across the street from the Rossis’ popular pizza place–and they want Cassia’s full participation.

To make matters worse, as Cassia is trying to develop a strong professional relationship with Galveston’s premier wedding coordinator, Bella Neeley, her own father is intent on stealing all of the Rossi family’s faithful customers. Not exactly the best way to get into Bella’s good graces! Still, at least Alex, that hot delivery guy from the nursery, is always hanging around the flower shop . . . – July 2014

Sincere thanks to the publisher, Revell for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

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